Islamabad/Tehran, 7 January 2023 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held a telephone conversation with the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Friday.
Pleased to discuss with 🇮🇷FM @Amirabdolahian today the 🇵🇸 situation aft rec visit of Nat Sec Minister of Isreal to Al-Aqsa 🕌. 🇵🇰 condemns provocative visit; reiterates supp for viable, indep & contiguous 🇵🇸 State with pre-1967 borders & Al-Quds as capital acc to rel UN & OIC Res pic.twitter.com/nno3UZsKdI
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Both officials discussed the latest developments in bilateral relations as well as some regional and international issues. They also discussed the sanctity of Holy places and how Muslim countries can work together to ensure it.
Remarks by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister
Bilawal emphasized the importance of military and security cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in combating terrorist activities.
In this vein, he added, “It is critical that Tehran and Islamabad implement the agreements reached during the recent joint commission meeting as soon as possible in order to strengthen their good and constructive ties.”
The Minister also thanked Iran for providing humanitarian aid to flood-affected Pakistanis. He expressed concern about the Zionist regime’s aggressive policies and condemned its efforts to desecrate the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Bilawal went on to say that the world’s silence on Palestinian injustice must end. Along these lines, he added, “Islamabad is willing to collaborate with other Muslim countries and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to combat Islamophobia and desecration of Islamic sanctuaries.”
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also emphasized the importance of women’s education in Afghanistan. He stressed the importance of forming an inclusive government in Afghanistan and combating terrorism in the country.
Remarks by Iran’s Foreign Minister
For his part, Amirabdollahian expressed satisfaction with the growing trend of bilateral ties, particularly the holding of the two countries’ joint economic commission in Pakistan.
He also emphasized the importance of carrying out the agreements reached during the commission. The Iranian foreign minister also stated that Iran is prepared to open the Pishin-Mand border market.
Meanwhile, Amirabdollahian cited the Zionist regime’s actions to promote Islamophobia and strongly condemned the phony regime’s latest move to desecrate al-Asa Mosque.
Amirabdollahian went on to say that Muslim countries must not allow some Western governments to use freedom to desecrate sacred sites and incite hatred. Finally, Amirabdollahian expressed concern about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.
He expressed regret over the decision to deny girls the right to an education in Afghanistan and emphasized the importance of the country forming an inclusive government.